EU backs Hammersmith and Fulham’s glyphosate ban

EU backs Hammersmith and Fulham’s glyphosate ban

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The European Parliament has voted to ban a potentially-harmful weed killer that Hammersmith and Fulham council stopped using in 2016, the first London borough to do so.

The motion requested that the chemical glyphosate be phased out completely across all member states within five years.

The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer labelled the weed killer as “probably carcinogenic”.

Councillor Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services, said: “We welcome the vote by the European Parliament to phase out use of this potentially harmful chemical,”

“Our decision to stop using it was simple: regularly spraying chemicals where our children play and pets are exercised is too high a risk, as is the potential for harm to insects and the wider ecosystem.

Harcourt went on to say: “As part of our drive to be the most environmentally positive borough, we’re now using a chemical-free alternative that is far kinder to the environment and poses no risks to people, pets or vital wildlife like bees.”

The council’s decision triggered the European Commission to drop proposals to extend the chemical’s licence for use, which is due to expire before 2018, for another ten years.

 

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